Egypt Cairo Streets


Egypt Cairo Streets


Cairo Streets


There are several important streets and towns around Cairo. The Kornish El Nile Street, for instance, is one of the major byways in the city. It stretches from Shubra and Shubra El Khiema in the north, all the way to Helwan, the last neighborhood of greater Cairo in the south. There is also the well-known Street of Salah Salem, which starts in Heliopolis in the east and terminates in Islamic Cairo, near the capital’s downtown district.

El Mui'z Li Din Allah had once been the main avenue in Cairo. It is named in honor of the Fatimid Caliph who ruled over Cairo in 969 AD and who was responsible for much of Cairo's building programs during that time. El Mui'z Street was the main avenue of this era.

Before, people would get to the road via Bab Zuweila in the south and exit through Bab El Futuhin the north. Over the centuries several buildings have been built on this street. Of course, it is no longer a main avenue in Cairo.
Currently, it is very narrow when compared with more modern avenues, but it is still one of the most historical, representing Cairo's biggest open-air museum of Islamic and medieval monuments.
El Mui'z Street still commences at Bab Zuweila, the only gate left of the southern walls of Fatimid, Cairo. The gate itself was not built until the Mamluk Period, in the 11th century. The Caliph would watch the annual pilgrimage caravan going to Mecca from here, and this gate was also infamous as the place for public execution.



The criminals were executed from the gate's walls. This gate is named for the tribe that was imprisoned nearby.




Bab Zuweila was also known as Bab Al Mutawali, which in Arabic is the "gate of the responsible" because the individual tasked to communicate the problems of the citizens to the Caliph sat beside this gate. Next to Bab Zuweila lies the Mosque of Sultan Mu'ayyad, which was constructed in 1415.

Streets in Cairo

You can climb the minaret of the mosque through a door in the prayer hall and get a great view of Islamic Cairo from above.


Next to Bab Zuweila, you should go straight along Mui'z Street and through the Wakala of Ghuri, which is a big market that solely sells products made of cloth. There are several shops that sell chromatic pieces of cloth of different materials. This is aside from the traditional souvenir and gift shops. This area of the street is very interesting. Visitors get the feeling that they are really a part of the Old Islamic Cairo as they walk between the shops and hear the loud voices of buyers and sellers.

The Wikala of Al Ghuri is at the end of Al Ghuria. The word “wikala” means a hostel contructed for merchants who arrive from Africa in caravans full of merchandise.


They used to put up in these hostels, and they used to have a place to sell as well. Usually, the wikala is a rectangular-shaped building made up of three to five floors.



The Ghuri Wikala is the only remaining wikala in Cairo which was constructed in the 17th century.



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